Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Travel, film and food writer; National Newspaper Award winner.
TMAC, SATW, NATJA, Toronto Film Critics Association.


Beauty from the Sea: Vancouver Island seaweed

Mermaids have the right idea, I thought, relaxing in an outdoor tub filled with pleasantly hot water scattered with colourful seaweed. My seaweed bath, experienced at Avacena in Qualicum Beach, smelled pleasantly of the ocean and the essential oils added to the water. The cool strips and pods of green, brown and purple seaweed were slippery, soothing and fun to play with, especially the crab-claw-shaped bladderwrack, which, when popped, released a cool gel for a face mask .
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No cruise ship needed to travel B.C.’s Inside Passage

The pandemic has made us adept at workarounds. So why not a sail-around? With Vancouver sailings of Alaska-bound cruise ships halted until November because of COVID-19 regulations, I stayed in Canadian waters and sailed the scenic Inside Passage northward route in August on BC Ferries‘ spacious Northern Expedition. Link to Story

Scottsdale AZ: Ideal for active and arts-minded travellers

Look between the sagebrush and multi-armed saguaro cactus to discover the Arizona desert is a remarkably colourful garden in spring, with cactus tops crowned in brilliant fuchsia blossoms and orangeade-coloured blooms trailing across thorny bushes.
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'The Gravedigger's Wife': Somali-Finnish story wins at Toronto Film Festival

When Somali-Finnish writer-director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed was growing up in Mogadishu, he’d often see gravediggers waiting outside a nearby hospital on his walk to school.
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'The Devil's Drivers': Palestinian smugglers' story screens at TIFF

The film, which took eight years to make, will have its world premiere in Canada on Wednesday. Bedouin cousins play white-knuckle games of cat and mouse with Israeli authorities, smuggling undocumented Palestinian labourers through a small gap in the border wall between Israel and the Palestinian territories in the documentary The Devil’s Drivers.
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Getaway Guide: A 3-Day Travel Guide to British Columbia's Cowichan Valley

Home to wineries, bucolic farmland and forests, picturesque small towns and a dynamic food scene, it’s no surprise Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley has been dubbed “Canada’s Provence.”. Less than an hour’s drive from Victoria along the scenic Pacific Marine Circle Route, the area boasts Canada’s warmest year-round temperature.
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Ireland: Wild Atlantic Way to Capital of Cool, Donegal

I was was born a Brady, among the 15% of Canadians who claim Irish heritage. This Irish trip took me nearly 400 km north, to County Donegal, to experience the “other” Ireland around the island country’s rugged wild child seascapes. Link to Story

Easing into Travel: Whistler, British Columbia

British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Highway ranks among Canada’s most scenic drives. As my home province slowly reopened to careful and considerate local travel, we were ready. We desired an outdoor getaway with inspiring scenery that also offered culture as well as some pampering. So we hit the road for Whistler, 75 miles north of Vancouver.
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Pop Rock and Pinot Noir: A Transplanted Canadian in Japan

Ottawa-born Blaise Plant moved to Japan's Tohoku region 20 years ago and never looked back. “I think I’ll be living here for the rest of my life,” says Blaise Plant. He’s not talking about his hometown of Ottawa. He’s referring to his adopted home near Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi in Japan’s northern Tohoku region.
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Hiking the Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail in the Canadian Rockies

To have tea with the queen of the Canadian Rockies, all it takes is a pair of hiking boots. Snow-capped Mt. Victoria, named for the 19th-century British monarch, is the regal backdrop for turquoise-coloured Lake Louise in Alberta’s Banff National Park.
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On Vancouver Island, Malahat SkyWalk Debuts with Lofty Goals

Visitors to the new Malahat SkyWalk will have a thrilling, eagle-eye view across the Finlayson Arm fjord and Salish Sea islands to distant snow-capped mountains when the 10-storey spiral tower opens July 15. Built over 18 months during the pandemic on the traditional lands of the Malahat First Nation, Vancouver Island’s newest attraction stands 250 metres (820 feet) above sea level off Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway). Link to Story

Tea With A Twist: Canada’s Only Tea Farm

Think “tea” and “Canada,” and curling up by the fire with a cuppa likely comes to mind. But here’s a twist. Westholme Tea Farm is Canada’s only tea-grower, allowing you to sip Canadian tea in the place where it’s grown, British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. “It’s the most unique tea experience in Canada,” says tea farmer and custom blender Victor Vesely, who owns Westholme with his wife, ceramic artist Margit Nellemann.
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Linda Barnard

Former Toronto Star staff movie writer, now a British Columbia-based freelance travel, food and film writer. My work appears in a variety of Canadian and international newspapers, magazines and websites. Regular contributor Edible Toronto, Edible Vancouver & Wine Country and Edible Vancouver Island.
Freelance film writer for the Toronto Star and, member Toronto Film Critics Association and Alliance of Women Film Journalists.
Winner numerous travel-writing awards: NATJA, SATW and TMAC. National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment).
My custom content clients include The Globe and Mail and The Boston Globe.
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